Dan Reigstad has been named as deputy director of Kilgore College’s East Texas Police Academy, filling a vacant position left when Joe Cassin was named the academy’s director in February of 2016.
“The decision to fill the vacant position was because Kilgore College took over the Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) training contract again, which increased our service area to the Red River,” said Randy Lewellen, KC’s dean of Business, Technology and Public Services.
Reigstad began his career in law enforcement in 1992 with the Longview Police Department after serving almost nine years in combat and combat training units throughout the world in the U.S. Army.
While with the LPD, Reigstad served as a telecommunications operator, patrol officer, field training officer, uniformed crime scene investigator, senior physical evidence detective and senior latent print examiner.
Reigstad retired from LPD in 2015 with more than 20 years of experience processing crime scenes throughout East Texas.
He began as a part-time Instructor with the ETPA in 2002 and became a full-time Instructor in 2015.
Reigstad has extensive training and has testified as an expert witness throughout Texas in crime scene processing and documentation, fingerprint processing and identification, forensic and night-time photography, shooting reconstruction and bloodstain analysis.
Reigstad is a certified latent print examiner with the IAI and is former chairman of the Latent Print Certification Committee of the Texas Division of the IAI. He is also a Registered Fellow with the Fingerprint Society of the United Kingdom, and is an active member of numerous professional forensic associations.
Reigstad holds numerous certificates including: TCOLE Master Peace Officer; Advanced Instructor; Firearms Instructor; and is a trained police emergency vehicle driving instructor through Texas A&M TEEX.
The ETPA meets the pre-service and in-service training needs of the officers, agencies and communities of Northeast Texas.
It has provided law enforcement training since the academy's inception in 1966 and provides a large array of classes throughout the East Texas Council of Governments and ATCOG service area.
For more information visit www.kilgore.edu/etpa.